Trump attacked Democratic lawmakers’ probe again in a tweet 10 minutes later, describing it as “THE GREATEST SCAM IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN POLITICS!”
And in another all-caps broadside, he charged that “THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND ALL THAT IT STANDS FOR,” urging fellow members of the GOP to “STICK TOGETHER, PLAY THEIR GAME, AND FIGHT HARD” because “OUR COUNTRY IS AT STAKE!”
The president has routinely touted his claimed accomplishments amid various scandals related to his White House and heightened scrutiny by Congress.
“I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who’s done a great job,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an August 2018 interview ahead of the midterm elections, predicting “the market would crash” and “everybody would be very poor” if he were ousted from office. The president has made strikingly similar declarations over the past year.
Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday her support for beginning the process of impeachment, Trump has stuck to that same playbook — bragging about the strength of the economy under his watch and warning of the havoc such a probe could wreak on American markets.
“We have created the greatest economy in the history of our country, the greatest economy in the world,” Trump told reporters Wednesday at a hotel ahead of meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“We have the strongest country we’ve ever had, we have the best economy we’ve ever had, we have the best unemployment numbers we’ve ever had, we have the best employment numbers we’ve ever had,” Trump said during those remarks, a segment of which he retweeted.
The flurry of online activity from the president comes before scheduled testimony later Thursday morning from Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, before the House Intelligence Committee.
During his highly anticipated appearance, Maguire is expected to face questions regarding his initial refusal to turn over to Congress an explosive whistleblower complaint concerning Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.
The White House on Wednesday released a summary of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky, showing that the American president urged his foreign counterpart to work with his attorney general and personal attorney to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.